Announcing New Book: “Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival!”

Few bands stick around for thirty years. Even fewer bands leave a legacy during that time that marks them as a truly special, once-in-lifetime type band. And no band has done all that and had as much fun as Leftover Salmon. Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix and who was unafraid to stir in any number of highly combustible styles into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene who cast a huge influential shadow over every festival they play, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own weirdly, unique style.



As Leftover Salmon nears their 30th year, their inspiring story is set to be told in a brand new book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! that will be released February 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield. In this book, critically acclaimed author of Bluegrass in Baltimore: The Hard Drivin’ Sound & It’s Legacy, Tim Newby presents an intimate portrait of Leftover Salmon through the personal recollections of its band members, family, friends, former band-mates, managers, and the countless musicians they have influenced. Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival! is a thorough guide covering a thirty-year journey of a truly remarkable band. It is a tale of friendships and losses, musical discoveries and Wild West adventures, and the brethren they surround themselves with who fortify Salmon’s unique voice. Their story is one of tragedy and rebirth, of unimaginable highs and crushing lows, of friendships, of music, but most importantly it is the story of a special band and those that have lived through it all to create, inspire, and have everlasting fun.

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Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

Anderson East
Baltimore Soundstage
October 20, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

With Anderson East, the Muscle Shoals sound is alive and well.

Opening act, Savannah Conley started the evening with a country punk feel and a voice that rivals Mazzy Star, revving the crowd up and ready for a good time.

Anderson East strolled onto the stage and picked up his guitar, starting with the slow jam “King for a Day,”  a pleasant surprise. Continue reading Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee returns to Southern California

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee
Huck Finn Jubilee
October 5-7, 2018
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Ontario, California
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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at the Koko Booth

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
September 28th 2018
Koko Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, North Carolina
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

On the day of the Brett Kavanaugh ruling, Jason Isbell rolled into Cary, North Carolina with a very strong message “Just Vote.” At the registration booth a sign that read “Registration Day,” a play on The Drive-by Truckers’s song “Decoration Day”.

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Back to basics with the Avett Brothers in Kentucky

The Avett Brothers
Bowling Green, Kentucky
September 29, 2018
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

As bands grow in popularity, the venues they perform at grow in size. For better or worse, it’s how the concert industry works – you’re always looking to play a bigger venue until you can’t any longer, which is how cities get skipped on tours and nostalgia acts end up playing state fairs.

It’s special being able seeing a band still capable of playing arenas in a smaller venue. When the Avett Brothers took the stage on September 29 at SKyPac in front of a capacity crowd of 1,800, no one yet realized how special of a night it would turn out to be. Continue reading Back to basics with the Avett Brothers in Kentucky

Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, and Magpie Salute
August 25, 2018
Clarkston, MI @ DTE Engery Music Theatre
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

Live music fans chase the “moment” – a song, or a guitar lick, or a drum solo that lives on in your memory forever. A lot of times, you don’t see it coming, and that’s what makes it special.

Sometimes, though – it’s the one you DO see coming that blows you away. For me, I had that moment this past Saturday night. Sure, I had to travel to the Detroit suburbs from Memphis just to catch it, but that’s part of the story. Continue reading Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

2018 Floyd Fest

Floyd Fest
Jul 25 – Jul 29, 2018
Floyd, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

The 18th version of Floyd Fest was held at their bucolic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. It’s hard to imagine a prettier place. The five-day festival holds around 15,000 fans and has developed a unique vibe. As with many festivals, the fans feel free to let themselves go and become one with their inner hippie more than they usually can during their “normal” life, but Floyd Fest brings out another level of fan. The festival isn’t very easy to get to (although the festival directors bend over backwards to try and accommodate). Most folks must park off-site, which is a lot several miles away, and then take busses fixed with trailers to get their gear in. Once on the festival grounds, there is a ready supply of volunteers driving golf carts waiting to help you get to your campsite of choice, but perfectly flat camping is a difficult find also. So why are so many folks dedicated to returning year after year? It’s the amazing vibe of true hard-core music fans, gathering to share their love of music and each other and this very beautiful place. Continue reading 2018 Floyd Fest